Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #10: week

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 05-31-2010 02:48 AM 7443 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Charles Neil lowboy build-along, # 10
I’m now ready to start the scroll board. I begin by using the pattern of the scroll board Charles sent along
with the wood he furnished . Guess what? I looked all around my shop for more than an hour, moving things, and picking up things. I went to some locations three times, but no pattern. My only alternative was to go to the “Mastering Woodworking “ website and print the PDF file, and I did, but in checking the printed PDF, I found the printed pattern does not match the dimensions that Charles gave on the webisodes. So my next step was to keep adjusting the size percentage on my printer and finally, success!

Last time, I finished fitting the sides and got the case up and standing on its own.

Okay, so now the pattern’s printed and glued on some ¼ ply and all cut out and sanded.


Then I draw the scroll board design, one half at a time, on the board that I’d already cut tenons out on, when I cut the tenons on the back and sides.


I now have the pattern drawn out on the scroll board. The first thing I cut will be the very end of the straight lines that will eventually be drawers. This cut is just long enough to start forming the tenons.


After making these cuts, I go to the band saw and cut enough off of the cuts made on the table saw to start work on the tenons.

After those cuts are made, I measure ¼” on each side of the tenon to have an offset on the edge of the scroll board.

After that, I’m back at the band saw and cut these ¼” pieces off of the tenon, leaving just a small shoulder to be trimmed with a chisel and pattern makers file. This is done with great care to make sure the exposed area is not damaged. After trimming all four sides I’m ready to hold the scroll board up to the case and mark out where the mortises will go.
After marking out the areas for the mortises, I place a temporary support in place and remove the leg
for mortising. As before, I put a block under the leg for clearance of the leg and then mortise the previously marked area. Before I replace the leg, I do a test-fit of the mortise and tenon, then after checking both sides, I re-install the legs. A point to make here is that it’s important not to have too tight of a fit, because once the scroll board is cut out, this area is very weak, because it’s very thin… only about 1 1/8”.

Now I do a test fit of the scroll board to see how it fits and make any adjustment as necessary when fitting the scroll boards’ mortise and tenons. I need to make sure I have about an 1/8” up and down movement off the scroll board, to allow for a offset pegging ( more on that later. )
Now for some extra fun, I start to band saw out the scroll board, taking my time to make sure I leave the pencil line.
The last band saw cut follows the straight lines that I cut out on the table saw and completes the cuts.

I now go to the spindle sander and clean up the band saw marks. In order to use the spindle sander, I had to move some sandpaper and scraps of wood off of the edge sander, next to the spindle sander and guess what I found? You guessed it!... under all that stuff, was the pattern drawn out by Charles!

Photobucket Now you know why I like a clean shop. It saves time and makes it easier to work. After cleaning up the band saw marks on the spindle sander,


it’s time for another test fit. Before I do the test fit, I clamp a board across the weak point of the scroll board, to be sure that I don’t break the scroll board at its weak point.


The last thing I check is how tight the joint of the scroll board is to the leg.


Next time, we will get started on the drawer dividers.

Remember, the techniques I’ve gathered are from Charles Neil’s subscription online webisode, “Mastering Woodworking”.
Signing up for Charles, “Mastering Woodworking” webisodes has been a great experience for me and his step-by-step instruction makes it possible to make projects you never thought you could.

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 03:00 AM

Really coming on now Jim I like the neat trick with the blue tape as a blade marker I usually use pencil foget to rub it off & get confused on the next project I will use that one in future

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 03:03 AM

Awesome job and great design. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 03:37 AM

Jim: Some additional “Atta Boys” Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 04:04 AM

This sure is looking good !!
Waiting for the next episode…


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 04:19 AM

Great job

-- Wood working will help heal your body and mind !!

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 04:24 AM

Wow looking good can’t wait to se the rest and the finish product

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 04:31 AM

Nice job on this posting Jim I don’t know where you get the time to document all your work if I took the time to do all that picture taking and documenting I would not get any building done the way you take time to describe all the steps is talent above the building part. Thanks

I am building my cabinets starting next week and will be lucky to get pictures of the finished job, the wife is cracking the whip to get it done.

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 04:45 AM

So nice Jim. Absoloutly love it

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 05:02 AM

You are a master! Great looking can’t wait till you go to finish it…...

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 05:03 AM

Great series so far Jim, nice to be along for the ride, but I wish I were building one too.

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 06:44 AM

Thanks all I hope it’s worth the visit.

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 07:27 AM

Band saw is one of my favorite tools, the shapes you were cutting looked like

lots of fun to make!!! Was sweating there with the table saw cut, I’d have probably

cut to far even with the tape mark on the fence. Also got me to thinking that I

need to buy a spindle sander….I still use the little drum kit connected to the drill

press, not as fun as your toy!!! Excellent build Jim, it’s taking shape!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 07:32 AM

Hey Bob
A spindle sander I think is a real buy is the table top model by Ridgid it has and attachment to put a belt sander that will oscillate too. As a matter of fact Charles showed one on this build.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 07:54 AM

great blog jim ,
you do us proud !

attaboy (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 08:57 AM

Oh boy – Oh boy looks good from here
can´t wait for the next toturials
thank´s for sharing Jim


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